Exhibition “Ultima Thule” by Raimondas Daukša


From April 9, 5 pm, the gallery “Si:said” (Daržų 18, Klaipėda) will host Raimondas Daukša’s solo exhibition “Ultima Thule”.

In his latest exhibition, “Ultima Thule”, Raimondas Daukša revisits memory, which not only stretches through certain stages of decay, but also becomes space. Ultima Thule is an inscription on the roof rack of a car that has been transformed into an artwork. The Latin word “thule”, though more Scandinavian sounding, means “the northernmost point”. Later, as the world expanded, it took on the meaning of the furthest place beyond the known. According to the author, “There was an Estonian rock band called “Ultima Thule” when I was a teenager. My memory commits better on books, authors and bands, but not on people I meet every day. That meaning of distance has become a generalisation of several objects, a bit like UFOs. Their shape was determined by the materials I chose – old mattresses stacked and fastened with trailer truck belts. The slightly cosmic theme was also reinforced by the inscription on the aforementioned car roof rack. The material – the form – the title. This would be the natural sequence of the objects in this exhibition.” The paintings in the exhibition seem to take on the meaning of the photographs sent by the cosmic objects and try to transport the viewer to Ultima Thule.

Raimondas Daukša (b. 1962) graduated from the Vilnius Art Institute in 1992. Since 1993 he has been participating in exhibitions. He was a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union from 1997 to 2002 and then became one again in 2020. Member of the group “V.V.T.” (“viskas vyksta toli” – Lithuanian for “everything is going (on) far away”) that consists of Raimondas Daukša, Arvydas Šapoka, Arvydas Stonkus, and Alvydas Kaštaunas. Since 2010, he has been a member of the “Antilox” movement along with Mindaugas Špokauskas, Raimondas Daukša, Eglė and Darius Petreikis, and Meilė Sposmanytė. Dauša lives and works in Palanga.

The exhibition is open until April 30.

The project is funded by Klaipėda City Municipality.